Creating medical mission opportunities in different areas of Africa.
We need volunteers that will travel to Africa on a medical internship abroad and gain the experience you need to kick start a career in medicine; or people who are already in active practice that wants to spend their vacation in helping people.
You’ll shadow doctors on their rounds in hospitals and clinics, observing as they diagnose and treat patients. They’ll explain different cases and methods of treatment to you. You’ll be able to see diseases and conditions you’ve only read about in textbooks before, like malaria or tuberculosis. This is a great way for you to build your practical medical knowledge. You’ll also observe how doctors and nurses cope with limited resources.
We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom medical vacation or mission for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers and interns themselves, so they’re ready to answer your questions, big or small.
We also run medical outreaches in most of the African countries we work in. This is critical, as many communities don’t have access to the basic healthcare services they need. You’ll get involved with tasks like measuring blood sugar levels and cleaning and bandaging minor wounds.
Cooperating together to safe Africa
One cannot turn a blind eye to the positive economic turn Africa is taking. Once shunned upon, Africa is now forecasted to achieve the fastest growth in the world in the next decade, the world is starting to look into the continent and with this comes a great interest to improve the state of health care, financial institutions, electricity and safe water to name a few. The rise of the urban middle class who are willing to pay for better services, better healthcare and treatments has opened the door to the private sector, which is starting to play a new role, often working in partnership with international and local donors and governments to provide better healthcare facilities and increased access to medicine at an affordable price.
For the remaining majority of Africans who are far from being able to pay for basic healthcare, new models of care are being designed, as governments begin to acknowledge the importance of preventive methods over remedial action. This, in turn, is empowering communities to make their own healthcare decisions. At the same time, some countries are experimenting with different forms of universal health provision.
Africa’s healthcare systems have reached a turning point. With the life expectancy in Africa averaging 53years, infectious and parasitic diseases remain the leading cause of death. As much as strides are still being made in reducing the number of HIV related deaths, Africa still leads with 91% of the worlds HIV-positive children living in Africa. Reported malaria deaths are also still on the rise even though malaria is preventable. Not all is gloom and doom, the rising awareness and use of technology in Africa is leading to a change of mindset on how to improve systems and processes of reaching the poorest African places for people to have treatment. Increased collaboration between NGOs and government entities along with private sector is opening channels for extensive research, investments and improvements in Africa’s healthcare systems.